I just watched half of a documentary about children whose parents are drug or alcohol addicted. I wish I hadn't!
There is a move afoot by a Member of Parliament to remove children from homes where they are at risk and put them in foster homes. There is fierce debate about the pros and cons of this. However, looking at some of the 'parents' who have the care of multiple children I tend to agree.
I thought to write a post about it so, turning on the computer, I looked up Google Images under 'battered children' and became even more horrified. Some parents actually batter their kids to death!
It is obvious to me that many folk should never be allowed to have children. Yet anyone can regardless of their suitability. However it's the children who pay the price for the total lack of regulation, for the profound ignorance and incredible selfishness and deliberate cruelty of some 'parents'.
I decided not to publish photographs showing beaten or neglected children. They are too harrowing and, unfortunately, the world is full of such kids. And they come from every class in every society.
Instead I chose the picture above. It signifies peace and beauty and love, something that, sadly, far too many children will never ever know (but I sure wish they could).
How can we dare to call ourselves civilized when so many innocent babies and children are unsafe and suffering?